Miami, April 10, 2019 – Miami Dade College (MDC) students were recently recognized in Orlando during an awards ceremony for being named to the 2019 All-Florida Academic Team. Sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), the team recognizes outstanding students for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community.
Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations.
Alejandro Garcia, PTK President at MDC’s InterAmerican Campus, made PTK history by becoming the second member awarded the Hites Transfer Scholarship, All-USA Academic Team, and New Century Transfer Pathway scholarship. He was also awarded to the All Florida Academic Team. The Hites Transfer Scholarship is the society’s most prestigious and largest scholarship offering at $7,500. The scholarship is awarded to Phi Theta Kappa members who are preparing to transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting college or university. Winners were selected from among 2,800 applicants nationwide for their outstanding academic achievement and rigor, leadership accomplishments, and engagement in college and community activities. He was also named National and Regional Distinguished Officer,
The Guistwhite Scholarship, the second-highest scholarship offered by Phi Theta Kappa, was awarded to Victor Garnica of MDC’s Hialeah Campus. He will receive $5,000 scholarship for baccalaureate studies. Winners were selected from among 2,000 applicants nationwide, and their selection was based on academic excellence, leadership accomplishments, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs.
MDC’s Homestead and InterAmerican campuses were also awarded the PTK Hallmark Award for Distinguished Honors in Action Project. Members have opportunities to apply learning and practice real-world problem-solving by developing an in-depth, action-oriented project related to research.
Following are PTK students who have been recognized for their academic achievements:
Claudia Gandara All-Florida Academic Team
Ana Lian Coca-Cola Leader of Promise and Florida Academic Scholar
Leandro Mirabal All Florida Academic Team
Hansel Caudales All Florida Academic Team
Alejandro Garcia All Florida Academic Team, All-USA Academic Team, Hites Transfer Scholarship and New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar
Maria Samboni All-Florida Academic Team and Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar
Genesis Saenz All-Florida Academic Team and All-USA Academic Team
Rafael Aldaya Bourricaudy All Florida Academic Team
Victor Garnica Guistwhite Scholarship
Wendy Rodriguez All Florida Academic Team
Dejha Morgan All Florida Academic Team
Anastasia Murphy All Florida Academic Team
Beatriz Circelli Baietti All Florida Academic Team
Albert Hernandez All Florida Academic Team
Anastasia Koneva All Florida Academic Team